The 2002-built ferries Spirit of Tasmania I and II, operated by TT-Line ply a 429 km route between Melbourne and Tasmania.
The extensive work on the two vessels included a complete re-modelling and upgrade of four passenger decks, including 222 standard and deluxe cabins, in addition to the public areas of both vessels.
With the ferries operating a daily overnight service ensuring the work was carried out efficiently, and with minimum disruption to passengers, was a key factor. Much of the early works were carried out while the ferries were still in operation.
Mike Grainger chairman of TT- Line commented: “We are just as pleased with the way the refurbishment works were completed – thanks to the joint efforts of Trimline employees and TT-Line staff and crew.
“It was a complicated task given some of the works were required while maintaining our overnight sailing schedule between mainland Australia and Tasmania. But the works were well planned and well executed.”
Over 300 people worked on the refurbishment including Trimline staff from the UK and local contractors and sub-contractors.
Andrew Richards, Trimline ceo said, “As one of the largest transformation projects that Trimline has been involved in, we are delighted to have completed the work on Spirit of Tasmania I and II. It’s been a fantastic turnkey project for us to deliver, working in partnership with TT-Line, alongside a host of highly skilled local sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring we were always utilising the highest quality materials available locally.
“With such tight timescales, it was really important for the project to run seamlessly – we had multi-skilled teams working around the clock, supported by Tasmanian and UK offices, alongside an outstanding project management team.”
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